If you are in need of disability benefits, or if you’re struggling trying to figure out how to move forward after having your claim denied, you don’t have to go through this process alone. The Social Security system is backed up enough as it is, and any mistakes with your filing will only prolong the period in which you don’t have the benefits you need. Fortunately, our disability lawyers serving all of North and South Carolina are here to help. All you have to do is give us a call at 803-799-2911 or fill out our online form, and we’ll take care of all the hard parts for you.
Your North and South Carolina Disability Lawyers
You're Not Alone
Getting disability benefits can be essential for many across North and South Carolina. Our team will fight by your side throughout the process.
It Costs Nothing to Hire Us
We believe in putting our clients first, and that’s why our team works on a contingency-fee basis. You won’t owe us any fee unless you get paid.
We Know the Process Can Be Difficult
Navigating life with a disability can feel impossible sometimes. Whether it happened recently or it’s something you’ve been suffering from for years, the Social Security Disability process is another added barrier that can make life harder for some of the most vulnerable people in our society. That’s why our expert team is dedicated to getting you the benefits you deserve.
When you work with Harris & Graves P.A., you’ll have a dedicated partner that will fight for you every step of the way. Our team will ensure that all of your application materials are filed properly and contain the necessary information for your claim to be approved.
Are You Eligible for Social Security Disability Benefits?
In order to get Social Security Disability benefits, you have to qualify first. For the most part, you have to meet three primary conditions. First, you have to have worked in a job covered by Social Security. Then, you have to have a medical condition that qualifies as a disability in accordance with the SSA. Finally, that disability must prevent you from working for at least a year in most cases. Here are a few conditions that may qualify:
- Back injuries
- Vision and hearing loss
- Artery disease
- Neurological disorders
- Mental disorders
- Respiratory illness
If none of these match the disability you suffer from, not all hope is lost. There is a program for people who do not meet the Social Security Disability qualifications that could allow you to receive benefits. Call our experienced attorneys today to learn more.
How Do You Get Disability Benefits in North and South Carolina?
File an Application
The first step is to file a disability application with the local Social Security office. It will then be reviewed and sent to North Carolina or South Carolina Disability Determination Services. This is where they will request medical records if you haven’t already provided them, or they’ll conduct a medical exam.
If you’re denied on your initial application, you’ll have to file a request for reconsideration within 60 days. This is largely the same process repeated a second time, though it generally goes faster because relevant medical information is already on hand.
Request a Hearing
Upon further denial, you’ll need to request a hearing before an administrative law judge. During this step, you or your lawyer will have to present your case in court.
Are You Suffering From a Disability?
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Social Security Disability FAQs
Yes, but you’ll have to abide by the SSA’s specific rules. A trial work period is common while receiving benefits. Just make sure you always report any changes regarding your ability to work.
As long as you meet the disability requirements for the time, you can get benefits before your initial date of application.
You can still get disability benefits if you’re already getting workers’ comp, but the SSA may offset the total amount based on how much compensation you’re getting.
If you’re already getting benefits from another source, you aren’t necessarily barred from SSD. You may instead receive reduced benefits as your income is considered in your claim evaluation.